Meadowhall hosts The Children’s Hospital Charity Elephants farewell

artist-stephen-mckay1300743littleMeadowhall will host the final appearance of the Herd of Sheffield during a Farewell Weekend on October 14th to October 16th for The Children’s Hospital Charity.

The largest public art event the city has hosted, 58 elephants will be on display throughout Meadowhall over the weekend, with designs sponsored from local celebrities including the Arctic Monkeys, artist, illustrator and MC Kid Acne, children’s illustrator Lydia Monks, Sheffield artist Stephen McKay, plus a host of international snooker players celebrating the heritage of snooker in Sheffield.

Meadowhall will be the first and last time that The Herd will be in one place and open to the public, before being auctioned off to raise funds for The Children’s Hospital on October 20th.   A joint collaboration between The Children’s Hospital Charity and Wild in Art, money raised from the weekend will help fund a new multi-purpose Fluoroscopy System for the hospital.

Darren Pearce, Meadowhall centre director commented: “Meadowhall’s elephants have been extremely popular this summer with our visitors, but this is the only time the public will be able to see all the elephants from across the city in one location. It promises to be a spectacular sight.”

Deborah Green, British Land asset manager, agreed: “We were delighted when Meadowhall was chosen to host the Farewell Weekend; it is going to be a very special weekend for the whole city and the team can’t wait to see all The Herd together for a fitting send off.”

David Vernon-Edwards, charity director at The Children’s Hospital Charity said: “The Herd has been brilliant over the summer and it’s been amazing seeing so many people out and about in the city elephant spotting. We’re very pleased to be partnering with Meadowhall to give people one last opportunity to find any they might not have seen on the trail. We’ll be sad to see the elephants go but knowing that they will soon be auctioned off to raise vital funds for the hospital makes saying goodbye a bit easier!”

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